Saturday, May 25, 2013

Justice League #20

OK, I admit I'm a sucker for those stories where second-level heroes are forced to fight (and hopefully survive) against one of DC's most powerful villains.

Three new Justice League team members - Firestorm, the strange Element Woman and (the new and different and female) Atom - are alone in the orbiting Watchtower when they're attacked by Despero, an alien whose physical and mental powers make him a match for Superman.

So, exciting stuff - how will they survive?

Turns out, the answer is a bit of a cheat - but an exciting sequence just the same.

The story is by Geoff Johns, and it's a fun look at some new characters (new to this comic, at least). It drops lots of seeds that will no doubt pay off in weeks and years ahead.

The art is by Zander Cannon (layouts), Gene Ha, Andres Guinaldo and Joe Prado, with inks by Gene Ha, Rob Hunter and Joe Prado. There are flashes of genius in there, but there are also some average pages on display. But given the mix of artists, the pages never quite come together properly.

Even so, It's a solid story that continues the mystery of who's targeting the League - and just how powerful they are.

Grade: A-


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